The Miami Marlins got a little surprise last year when Henderson Alvarez tossed a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers and won the game on a walk-off wild pitch. It was something only the Marlins could possibly do at that moment in time. Riding high, it was expected for Alvarez to continue on his hot streak. However, that was not the case.
Alvarez did not make it past the fourth inning in his first start against the Colorado Rockies. He lasted only three innings, allowing six runs (three earned) on seven hits and only striking out one batter. Alvarez was also tossed around in his next two starts, allowing a combined four earned runs on 18 hits. However, he looked sharp Saturday against the Seattle Mariners.
He tossed a two-hit, complete game while shutout striking out four batters, lowering his ERA to 2.66 and keeping an already overworked bullpen to the bench. The Marlins won 7-0 against Seattle for the team’s eighth win of the season. This is a sign that Alvarez is slowly getting back on track.
A start that definitely would give someone like Alvarez a confidence boost is something that was much needed after his first three starts to the season. The Marlins do hit the road to some cold-weather cities, something which could help out Alvarez even more before the weather starts to really heat up.
If Miami is going to have any success this season, it is going to be helped by solid starts from the middle of the rotation pitchers.